Indexes or indices as they are differently named, are not just trading assets, they are used to measure the performance of
a group of stocks, an industrial sector or the economy as overall. There is no need to check on individual stocks to know how
the technology sector is performing, index report quotes will show how an economy is doing. There is no physical asset to exchange while dealing with indices, so they are mostly traded through derivatives like CFDs.
There are different factors which impact index price fluctuation, including political events, crucial and sudden happenings in the sector companies belong to, internal management issues of the companies, economic data like employment rates and big movements in the fiat currency market.
The most popular Indexes
The FTSE 100 – Differently named ‘UK 100,’ includes the 100 biggest companies by market capital.
Dow Jones – Differently named ‘Wall Street’, includes the 30 US’ biggest publicly owned companies.
The DAX – Differently named ‘Germany 30,’ includes the 30 major German companies.
NASDAQ 100 – Differently named ‘US Tech 100,’ includes the 100 biggest tech companies in the US.
Nikkei 225 – Includes 225 of Japan's biggest companies.
CAC 40 – Differently named ‘France 40’, includes the 40 of France’s biggest companies by capitalization.
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